A wonderful tale of Aster, a 13- year-old boy, and his magical community of witches and shapeshifters. Great world-building and character development make this one of my favorite all-ages graphic novels. Recommended By Kim T., Powells.com
This sweet story, which features uncommon and likable supporting characters, revolves around the themes of family, history, gender roles, and of course, magic. A great middle grade book for boys who might be feeling like they don't quite fit in, or any young reader with an interest in modern fantasy! Recommended By Junix S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
From the illustrator of the web comic Strong Female Protagonist comes a debut middle-grade graphic novel about family, identity, courage — and magic.
In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted...and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family...and be truly himself
About the Author
Molly Knox Ostertag grew up in the forests of upstate New York, where she spent the first half of her childhood reading about fantastical adventures and the second half acting them out with foam swords at a live action role-playing group. She currently lives in California and graduated in 2014 from the School of Visual Arts, where she studied cartooning and illustration. The Witch Boy is her middle-grade graphic novel debut.